However, her historic crowning was recently questioned by Tripura's Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb but the former beauty queen is more ashamed of his remarks than offended. Just a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned his party cadres to not make out-of-turn comments, Deb generated controversy with his comments on Diana Hayden's Miss World title.
Speaking at an event in the state capital, Agartala, on Civil Service Day, he said, "Earlier, people from the arts stream used to become civil servants". He also took a jibe at women who are "foxed by marketing and advertisements".
Deb reportedly said in Agartala on Thursday that global beauty contests were a farce as the results were all predetermined. Tell me, was Diana Hayden supposed to get it? See, everyone is laughing. I don't understand the beauty of Diana Hayden. Aishwarya Rai got it. And when you look at the context he set up around this very random declaration, it becomes clear that he was dog-whistling that Hayden, being Christian, wasn't the correct representative of Indian women. Goddess Laxmi and Saraswati exemplify beauty. "I am not opposing her, but simply questioning the process". "Today, there is a beauty parlour in every corner of the country", he added.
CM asserted that the decision was market-driven to award Miss World and Miss Universe titles to Indian women five years in a row. On Thursday, he had questioned the crowning of Diana Hayden as "Miss World" in 1997 and alleged that worldwide beauty contests were a farce. "I am not criticising her but didn't find traits of Indian beauty in her", he said.
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Twitterati was visibly upset with Deb's remark.
The Tripura CM, Biplab Deb has been all the social media rage since he made a rather ridiculous statement about the internet existing at the time of the Mahabharat. "It means internet was there, the satellites and that technology was there in this country at that time", he had said. How could Sanjaya (the charioteer of King Dhritarashtra) give a detailed account and description to the blind king about the battle of Kurukshetra?
Deb said Civil Services aspirants should be all-rounders as "people who are experts in all disciplines have the highest demand".